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Free download ☆ Cloud Atlas 107 ✓ For use in schools and libraries only Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future from a nineteenth century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post apocalyptic worldNalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post apocalyptic world. I was a third into this book and I could not care less about it It didn't seem we were meant to be Then suddenly my heart was aching for the characters and their stories and it did catch me by surpriseAnd now it's been a week since I finished it and I still find myself thinking about it 'Okay you win book' I have to admit grudgingly You've wormed your way into my heart and I'd better make my peace with itWhy did I resist liking it so much Why did this book and I have such a rocky start to our relationship Sheesh let me think about it as I lie here on the imaginary psychiatrist's couch in Freudian timesYou see its 'revolutionary structure' and all it is basically six stories five of which are arranged like concentric rings around one central uninterrupted story slowly moving from A to Z as the stories go along from Adam to Zachry leads even the author to uestion Revolutionary or gimmicky And I say gimmicky my friend Jarring unnecessary trying too hard and yet being needlessly distracting Hey you can also compare this book to the rings a raindrop makes in still waters See I can be allegorically poetic when need arisesWould I have been easier for me to love it had it come simply as a collection of six stories related by the larger overarching theme Perhaps But we cannot always chose what the things we love look like can we Sometimes they just have to have that incredibly annoying anvil heavy comet shaped birthmark and I have to make my peace with it Another war is always coming Robert They are never properly extinguished What sparks wars The will to power the backbone of human nature The threat of violence the fear of violence or actual violence is the instrument of this dreadful will You can see the will to power in bedrooms kitchens factories unions and the borders of states Listen to this and remember it The nation state is merely human nature inflated to monstrous proportions ED nations are entities whose laws are written by violence Thus it ever was so ever shall it be War Robert is one of humanity's two eternal companionsThis book is a message yes About the never ending power struggle that seems to be inherent to humanity that drives it forward until one day it perhaps drives it to the brink of demise It's about the amazing resilience of humanity that bends but never breaks under the never ending forward march of the power struggle It is about our seemingly inevitable separation into the opposing camps the oppressors and the oppressed the powerful and the powerless the haves and the have nots justifying those sometimes murky and sometimes crisp division lines with the arbitrary but hard to overturn notions of superiority and entitlement It is also about the never ending human struggle against such division in one form or another But Adam the world is wicked Maoris prey on Moriori Whites prey on darker hued cousins fleas prey on mice cats prey on rats Christians on infidels first mates on cabin boys Death on the Living The weak are meat the strong do eatThe firstlast story of Adam and the centralmiddle story of Zachry again A to Z See how smart I am See Can I please have a cookie now provide the real framework to this story mirroring each other and reflecting off each other in the repeated motifs of tribal wars and slaughter and the meeting of 'developed' and 'primitive' nations told from the viewpoints of members of first one and then another and underscoring essential humanity below all the superstitions and prejudices and mistrust The revelations at which both Adam and Zachry arrive are simple and perhaps overly moralistic but still relevant and humane And despite the moralistic heavy handedness I loved them Why Because of this — one fine day a purely predatory world shall consume itself Yes the Devil shall take the hindmost until the foremost is the hindmost In an individual selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species selfishness is extinctionAs for the rest of the stories David Mitchell plays with every genre and style he can imagine trying to fully immerse himself in the period real or imaginary that he chooses to describe with mixed results at least for me I hate to say it but Robert Frobisher's story the composer of the titular Cloud Atlas musical piece left me cold Luisa Rey's pulpy cheap prose held my attention only for the first half of the story and Timothy Cavendish's flowery adventure only for the second Sonmi 451 for the first half of the story was delightfully reminding me of The Windup Girl that I loved and fell flat in the rushed second part It almost felt that some of these stories were too large for the limited amount of space Mitchell could give them and they would have been benefited from expansion But the Sloosha Crossing story Zachry's tale won me over completely once I got over the migraine induced by overabundance of apostrophes in this futuristic simplistic dialect S'r's'l'y' Mr Mitchell there had to have been some perhaps less 'authentic' but also less headache causing way to tell this story But I got over the initial defensive response and allowed myself to enjoy this scary postapocalyptic setting which in so many ways reminded me of The Slynx by Tatiana Tolstaya There is just something that I love about the postapocalyptic primitive society setup something that speaks to me while terrifying me to death at the same time and this story had plenty of thatAnd now apparently there will be a movie which explains why everyone and their grandma is reading this book now getting me on the bandwagon as well The movie that from the trailer seems to be focusing on the part that made me eye roll just like it made Mr Cavendish editing Luisa Rey manuscript that damn souls connectedness bit I thought the hints at it were unnecessary dramatic; to me enough of a connection came from all of the characters belonging to our troubled and yet resilient human race But to each their own He who would do battle with the many headed hydra of human nature must pay a world of pain his family must pay it along with him only as you gasp your dying breath shall you understand your life amounted to no than one drop in a limitless ocean Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops4 stars is the final verdict And maybe someday in the future I will reread it being prepared for the gimmicky structure and I will not let it annoy me and I will maybe give it five stars I would love that

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Past and the distant future from a nineteenth century notary and an investigative jour. On re reading in 2012I admit the surpringsingly and terrifyingly not awful trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of this book sent me plunging back into its hexapalindromic universe to re solidify my own mental renditions of Frobisher's bicycle Sonmi's soap packs and Lousia's imaginary California among other things I emerge even impressed with Mitchell's mimetic acrobatics the book's deft allusive integument Is not ascent their sole salvation p 512 the acrimonious satire if consumers are satisfied with their lives at any meaningful level plutocracy is finished p 348 and ultimately the nakedly deliberate messages about humanity's will to power and our capacity for empathy re re re re re reiterated in the second half I kept wishing Lousia or Cavendish or someone one would say Be excellent to each other Party on dudes but not wishing in a snarky cynical judgy kind of way Because I actually think Bill Ted's Excellent Adventure is pretty excellent and come to think of it is also a story set in multiple time periods with strong musical undertones and a message of peace love and happiness This book grants me one of the greatest pleasures a book can it restores profundity to a hackneyed truth If you're not into Mitchell's prose characters or fancy schmancy structure though you might just end up with the hackneyed bitview spoilerOne thing that still confuses me about this book is the role of the Frobisher story The other five all deal directly with humanity's inclination toward subjugation that Dr Goose summed up with his law the weak are meat the strong do eat but the Zedelgem story is different Robert is stealing from Ayrs in a very material way but this theft is ancillary His manipulation of Ayrs and the Crommelyncks while selfish is also not entirely one sided Ayrs and Frobisher are playing each other almost eually and not entirely for the purpose of self aggrandizement but in the service of music which they both seem to perceive as a force beyond their own persons Jocasta is similarly playing Robert for pleasure but also for her husband I suppose these battles of wills provide the tension that keeps the story flowing but they still seem WAY different than Maori slave makers and brainwashed fast food servant clones and different in kind not just in scale I like the fact that it's different I think the moral refrains in the latter half might have become a bit tiresome without it but I wonder if there's a reason for its uniueness Perhaps Mitchell planned to play up the manipulation aspect but couldn't bring himself to fully damn a man with a uest so similar to his own hide spoiler

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Cloud AtlasFor use in schools and libraries only Recounts the connected stories of people from the. Dear David MitchellI’ve been trying to figure out the nicest possible way to tell you what I’m about to tell you I sort of feel like I’ve failed you as a reader but I just couldn’t suspend my critical mind for long enough to enjoy your book “how I envied my uncriticalsisters” – I hate it when my own words come back to bite me in the ass don’t you Don’t take it personally though I’m the girl who didn't like The Matrix I know right How could anyone dislike The Matrix All of the neat o keen o special effects the super cool concept of the world actually being run by sentient machines the homage to Baudrillard If you haven’t read Simulacra Simulation read it It’ll blow your mindBy the way Baudrillard said the siblings Wachowski completely misinterpreted his work but I digress and the kick ass soundtrack okay so it wasn’t really all that kick ass Unfortunately at the end of the day Keanu Reeves can’t act his way out of a paper bag and this girl just couldn’t get past that fact For the first half of the novel I kept trying to psych myself up by reminding myself how much I disliked the first four episodes of season one of The Wire “This is just another contrived crime drama” “Dominic West really needs to work on his American accent Not enough Idris Elba” Then we meet Omar Little and BAM It all starts to click Don’t you just love Omarshhhh no spoilers I’m only on season three I kept waiting for that BAM moment but it just never came Instead I found myself and frustrated finding fault with every gimmick Eg If language has devolved in the future you really need to commit to your chosen alterations If you decide flight will be ‘flite’ then sight should be ‘site’ etc Go all the way I say Oh what you think that would be too annoying Ur rite It would b So y chanj da spelng at al It just ends up being distracting Think of another way to say THIS IS THE FUTURE without being so obvious about it Similarly when you wanted the audience to know it was the 70's you could have found a subtle way of doing it than saying THEY'RE AT A PARTY LISTENING TO DISCO AND DOING COCAINE It's the 70's man I get it It seemed to me like you didn’t have enough faith in the intelligence of your audience to get the gist without spoon feeding it to us If the reader didn’t pick up on the “nested dolls” analogy all by themselves or by having Chabon tell them on the back cover you make sure Grimaldi spells it out for us ‘One model of time an infinite matryoshka doll of painted moments each “shell” the present encased inside a nest of “shells” previous presents I call the actual past but which we perceive as the virtual past” Etc “Revolutionary or gimmicky” I’ll take gimmicky for 1000 Alex damned if your words don’t keep biting you in the ass eh Davey boy If you’ve read the book than you know that each chapter or story is in some way “read” by a character in another story journals letters film A clever idea for sure The thing about clever ideas is this you really need to trust that your reader is as clever as you We can pick these things up without you telling us I mean come on view spoilerwhen Cavendish reads the Luisa Rey story and remarks about ‘the insinuation that Luisa Rey is this Frobisher chap reincarnated’ hide spoiler